The lead of the Assignment/Sam Durell series is CIA Agent Sam Durell, a southern Louisianan brought up by his grandfather under the code of the Cajun people, that had taught him the value of self-reliance.
His grandfather prided himself as being among the last of the riverboat gamblers that looked at the world with unique keen eyes.
Set a few years post World War II, the novels are influenced by the major issue of the time- nuclear proliferation.
Everyone was terrified that a mad man similar to the likes of Hitler could get their hands on a nuclear weapon and unleash nuclear war on a world still recovering from a devastating war.
There were thus several more titles following the elder Aarons death which have been attributed to Will B.
Aarons, though many sources assert that that is merely a house name.He published his first ever novel “Death in a Lighthouse” in 1938, which became one of around 30 titles of thrillers and hard-boiled mysteries that he published under the pseudonym Edward Ronns.Many of the novels had Jerry Benedict the newspaper editorial cartoonist as the lead protagonist.Soon after, he was back to publishing the Edward Ronn novels that he did at a good clip of about two to three novels a year until 1962.From 1955, he started penning the Assignment series under his own name and increased the number of works published a year, with up to three novels featuring Sam Durrell published every year until his death.Sam Durell is an imposing man at more than six feet tall with a lean waist, heavy shoulders, and long fingers that showed him a good gambler.His dark and thick hair and blue-black eyes gave him a black look, especially when he was thinking of something dangerous or when he was angry, which he often is.“Sam Durell/Assignment” is a series of detective mysteries by Edward S.Aarons, who penned more than eighty novels between 19.“Assignment to Disaster” the debut novel of the Sam Durell/Assignment is an excellent thriller that has often been referred to as the novel version of Casino Royale.In fact, Sam Durell the lead in the series had a lot of similarities to James Bond, which made the novel even more popular with its pop and culture references.